Photo courtesy of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas


Whether you’re burned out from work or school or you just simply don’t feel like cooking another meal in 2022, trust us, we hear you.


Whether you’re planning a cozy holiday with your immediate family or you’ve got a whole houseful of friends and family, check out these Boulder-area specials that are not only delicious but can make your life a little easier during this busy season.


Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Brunch at Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro


Make plans to head to the St Julien on Christmas Eve or Christmas day, where Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro is offering two special menus. The candlelight dinner, held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, features prime rib, turkey breast, mushroom bucatini and other yummy dishes.


The St Julien Hotel and Spa lobby. Courtesy photo

Feast of the Seven Fishes — Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar


Celebrate this traditional Southern Italian meal on Christmas Eve at Jax, where you’ll feast on frutti di mare, clam and white beans,
grilled little gems and chicory, striped bass en papillote and panna cotta for $85 per person. Reservations are recommended.


Christmas Eve at The Greenbriar Inn


The Greenbriar is beautiful all year round, but at Christmas, it really shines. As such, it’s the perfect place to indulge on Christmas Eve. The Greenbriar’s dinner buffet has seatings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is $75 per adult, $35 for kids age 3 to 12. There are so many delicious dishes on the menu you won’t know where to begin — lobster bisque, roast lamb leg, roast duck, prime rib and cherry ganache chocolate tart, just to name a few.

The holidays at The Greenbriar Inn. Courtesy photo.

Pre-order Christmas dinner from West End Tavern


West End wants to make your life a little easier this Christmas by offering house-cured and smoked holiday hams (complete with a sticky honey glaze), house-made eggnog, hand-crafted fudge and peppermint bark and canned cocktails.


Pre-order your goodies by 5 p.m. Dec. 18 for pickup on Dec. 23.


Christmas Day at Hotel Boulderado


Wander through the Hotel Boulderado‘s lobby and enjoy the gorgeous 28-foot Christmas tree. Then, after you’ve worked up an appetite ogling at the holiday display, enjoy brunch or dinner at Spruce Farm & Fish and The Corner Bar and (the Hotel Boulderado’s Mezzanine buffet is already sold out, unfortunately). Reservations are recommended.

The entry of Spruce Farm and Fish inside the Hotel Boulderado. Courtesy photo

Feliz Navidad with Centro Mexican Kitchen


Stop into Centro on Dec. 24 or Dec. 26 for delicious Mexican-inspired holiday specials, including seafood chile relleno, grilled bone-in pork chop, a white Christmas margarita, a mistletoe margarita and spiked hot chocolates and other winter warmers. Reservations are recommended.


Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Frank’s Chophouse


Frank’s Chophouse is going big for the holidays, with dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu includes dishes like cocoa and chili-rubbed prime rib, beef wellington and special drinks like the “He Sees You When You’re Drinking,” made with cranberry liquor, gin, ginger cordial, cranberry juice and ginger ale. Reservations are recommended.


Christmas Eve at The Post Chicken & Beer


Family coming into town? Gather the whole crew and head to The Post for Christmas Eve, with specials that are sure to please a crowd: fried chicken and sparkling wine! Other specials include warm crab dip, beer-steamed mussels and chicken-fried duck à l’orange. Reservations are recommended.

Photo courtesy of The Post

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